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Voyages to Antiquity: Delhi, Mumbai and Colombo

Program Number: 20568RJ
Start and End Dates:
11/15/2013 - 12/2/2013;
Duration: 17 nights
Location: India/Maldives/Sri Lanka
Price starting at: $5,750.00 - Price may vary based on date, departure city
Program Type: Adventure Afloat Study Cruise; Ocean Cruises Activity Level: t (see description)
Meals: 43; 15 Breakfasts, 13 Lunches, 15 Dinners    
Meal Options: Vegetarian; Low Fat; Gluten Free; Low Salt    

The monuments of Delhi, the bustling city of Mumbai, and the beautiful island city of Colombo — experience them all in a journey that leads from India to Sri Lanka on board the MV Aegean Odyssey.

Activity Particulars

Walking over uneven terrain; standing for up to 90 minutes at a time; stairs without railings; hot and humid conditions.

Due to the nature of this program, listening devices are not available.

Itinerary At-a-Glance

Delhi (India), 2 nights; Agra, 2 nights; Jaipur, 1 night; aboard MV Aegean Odyssey, 10 nights.

Day 1: Overnight flight from the U.S.A.

Days 2-3: Arrival Delhi (India):

Spend a day in New Delhi and see its grandest sites, from the Great Mosque to the Red Fort, as well as the Parliament and president’s house. Lodging: Centrally located hotel.

Days 4-5: Coach to Agra:

Watch the sun rise and set over the Taj Mahal, and delve into the fascinating history of this breathtaking monument. Lodging: Centrally located hotel.

Days 6-8: Coach to Jaipur / flight to Mumbai / embark Aegean Odyssey:

Visit the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Fatehpur Sikri — once the capital of the Mughal Empire — and explore Jaipur, popularly known as the “Pink City.” Enjoy an elephant ride to the Amber Fort, and explore the city of Mumbai with a local expert.

Days 9-10: Goa / At Sea:

Join an expert for an exploration of the exquisite architecture, historic villas and scenic beaches of Goa.

Days 11-12: Cochin / At Sea:

Explore the native village of Cochin and learn about traditional cuisine at the home of a local resident.

Days 13-14: Maldives / At Sea:

Embark on a boat ride through the remote islands of the Maldives, and savor an evening barbeque on the uninhabited Kuda Bandos.

Days 15-17: Colombo (Sri Lanka) / disembark / departure:

Discover Dutch and British colonial-era architecture interspersed with Hindu temples; visit the neoclassical National Museum. Walk along the colorful Pettah Bazaar in Colombo before making your way to the Temple of the Tooth in Kandy.

Aegean Odyssey

The Aegean Odyssey is a premium-class ship especially rebuilt for sailing along shallow coastlines, among remote islands and into small, uncrowded harbors that larger ocean liners can’t reach. Public areas include several gourmet restaurants, library, Internet center, sweeping sun decks, outdoor pool, gym and spa.

Meals and Lodgings
   The Suryaa New Delhi
  Delhi, India 2 nights
   Trident Agra
  Agra, India 2 nights
   Trident Jaipur
  Jaipur, India 1 night
   MV Aegean Odyssey
  MV Aegean Odyssey - At Sea, At Sea
Colombo, Sri Lanka
MV Aegean Odyssey - At Sea, At Sea
10 nights
 The Suryaa New Delhi
Type: Five-Star Hotel
  Description: The Suryaa New Delhi is a luxurious five-star hotel that is located in the heart of New Delhi. Fully equipped with modern conference facilities and situated amidst historical monuments and shopping sites, this hotel is the ideal choice for business and leisure travelers alike.
  Contact info: New Friends Colony
New Delhi,  110 065 India
phone: +91 2683 5070
  Room amenities: Each room has tea and coffee making facilities, personal safe, iron and ironing board, television, telephone, mini bar, free morning paper delivered, individually controlled air conditioning, wireless Internet, and a hair dryer.
  Facility amenities: The hotel offers three restaurants, a bar, pastry shop, night club, 24-hour room service, laundry services, air conditioning, gym, swimming pool, business center facilities, shopping arcade, and wireless Internet throughout the hotel.
  Smoking allowed: Yes
  Elevators available: Yes
  Additional nights prior: N/A Please contact Road Scholar Travel Services if you would like assistance making hotel reservations for additional non-program nights. 1-800-241-1404.

 Trident Agra
Type: Four-Star Hotel
  Description: The Trident Agra is built of red stone reminiscent of the Mughal era, set amidst beautiful gardens, fountains and courtyards, and is literally a stone's throw away from one of the new Seven Wonders of the World, the Taj Mahal.
  Contact info: Fatehabad Road
Agra,  282 001 India
phone: +91 562 223 5000
  Room amenities: Each room has a television, telephone, mini bar, iron and ironing board, personal safe, air conditioning, tea and coffee making facilities, wireless Internet access, and a hair dryer.
  Facility amenities: The hotel offers a restaurant, bar, air conditioning, fitness center, swimming pool, business center, currency exchange, laundry services, beauty salon, and both wired and wireless Internet access.
  Smoking allowed: Yes

 Trident Jaipur
Type: Four-Star Hotel
  Description: The Trident Jaipur is located just opposite the historic Jal Mahal and Mansagar Lake. The hotel itself is gracefully furnished and equipped with modern facilities, and its breathtaking views of the lake and striking Aravalli range welcome guests from all corners of the world.
  Contact info: Amber Fort Road
Jaipur,  302 002 India
phone: +91 141 267 0101
  Room amenities: Each room has a television, telephone, air conditioning, mini bar, safe, coffee and tea making facilities, wireless Internet access, and a hair dryer.
  Facility amenities: The hotel offers restaurants, a bar, swimming pool, fitness room, air conditioning, business center, currency exchange, safety-box, laundry services, and wireless Internet access.
  Smoking allowed: Yes
  Elevators available: Yes

 MV Aegean Odyssey
Type: Cruise Ship
  Description: The MV Aegean Odyssey offers boutique-style cruising at its best. In contrast to the massive vessels cruising to and from major ports, it is a midsized ship adapted for island and coastal cruising. The Aegean Odyssey can visit smaller, less crowded harbors and sail closer to the coast enabling you to really appreciate the magical views.
  Ship Information: Ship’s Tonnage: 11,563 Length: 461 feet Beam: 67 feet Draft: 20.5 feet Cruising Speed: 18 knots Passenger Decks: 7 Stabilizers: 2 Passenger Staterooms/Cabins: 198 Passengers – lower beds: 378 Classification: Lloyd’s Register Society London Ship’s Registration: Malta
  Contact info: Voyages to Antiquity
1800 SE 10th Avenue, Suite 230
Ft. Lauderdale, FL 33316 USA
phone: 877-398-1460
  Room amenities: All cabins are equipped with a flat screen TV, air-conditioning, and personal safe. Particular importance is placed on the standard of bedding in cabins. Luxury bedding, including fine duvets, covers and sheets, ample soft pillows and quality towels can be expected. Also, shampoo, bath and shower gel, soap, and shower cap are provided. Your cabin steward is always available. Cabins and suites feature outlets with 220 voltage, using the “European” two round pin plug. Hair dryers are provided in your cabin and electric rollers, curling irons, electric shavers and other small appliances can be used in your cabin. For safety reasons, travel irons are not allowed.
  Facility amenities: Dining: MV Aegean Odyssey offers many dining facilities: The Marco Polo Restaurant is the ship's more formal restaurant, providing casual country-club elegance for lunch or dinner; The Terrace Cafe offers a combination of indoor and outdoor seating where you can indulge in breakfast, lunch and dinner from the grill or the sumptuous daily buffet. In the evenings, enjoy breathtaking views over dinner at Tapas on the Terrace. *There is a complimentary choice of wine, beer, or soft drinks with your evening meal. There will be a string trio, pianist and casual dancing before and after dinner. You may also wish to partake in afternoon tea, served in the Observation Lounge. Or perhaps an evening snack and cocktail, available in the Lido and Rendezvous bars. A limited room service menu is available. Special Diets: Please advise us at the time of booking of any special dietary requirements. The ship can usually meet most general requests such as those made with an air carrier; however, this cannot always be guaranteed. Services: Library; outdoor pool; spa; health center, saunas, massage and beauty treatment rooms and early morning yoga on the Lido Deck; elevators; Internet center (open 24 hours and a charge of $18 for 4 non-consecutive hours is applied, no wireless available); beauty salon; medical center; laundry and pressing services (order form and laundry bag is provided in cabin); lecture theater and cinema and on board shop.
  Smoking allowed: Yes
  Elevators available: Yes

Travel Details
  Start of Program:
Delhi, India. Program starts at 6:00 PM with an introduction to the program at the hotel. You will be staying at The Suryaa New Delhi that night.
  End of Program:
Colombo, Sri Lanka. After breakfast on the last day. You will be staying at MV Aegean Odyssey the night before.
  Required documents:
The Participant Information Form is required. The Voyages to Antiquity Guest Registration Form is required.
  Parking availability:
Transportation (For Independent Travelers)
  Train or bus availability: Buses/trains are available.
To Start of Program
  Location:  Delhi
  Transportation to site: For participants NOT on the group transfer, we recommend that you book an arrival transfer from the airport to the hotel (approx. INR 2450). Call Road Scholar at 413-253-9736 to book a transfer.
  From End of Program
  Location:  MV Aegean Odyssey - At Sea
  Transportation from site: For participants NOT on the group transfer, you may take a taxi from the ship to the airport (approx. 20 miles, 40 minutes, $48).
The prices listed for commercial services and facilities that are not included in the program cost, such as airport shuttles or extra nights lodging, are subject to change without notice. Since Road Scholar cannot guarantee the accuracy of these prices, we strongly suggest contacting the companies directly for the most up-to-date information.

Daily Schedule

Day 1: In transit
(Friday, November 15)
 In Transit: Depart on international flight.

Day 2: Arrival in Delhi, India
(Saturday, November 16)
 Afternoon: Arrive at the airport in Delhi and transfer to the hotel. Introduction to the program.
 Dinner: Welcome dinner in hotel dining room.
Accommodations: The Suryaa New Delhi
Meals Included: Dinner

Day 3: Delhi, India
(Sunday, November 17)
 Breakfast: Breakfast in hotel dining room.
 Morning: In 1639, the Mughal emperor Shahjahan built a new, walled city in Delhi that served as the capital of the Mughal Empire from 1649 to 1857. After the British East India Company had gained control of much of India during the 18th and 19th centuries, Calcutta became the capital both under Company rule and under the British Raj, until George V announced in 1911 that it was to move back to Delhi. A new capital city, New Delhi, was built to the south of the old city during the 1920s. Start your full day field trip by exploring the Raj Ghat, drive past the Red Fort, enjoy a rickshaw ride in Chandni Chowk, and a visit to the immense Jama Masjid (Great Mosque).
 Lunch: Lunch at a local restaurant.
 Afternoon: Visit the Gandhi Smriti where Mahatma Gandhi was cremated. Take in a lecture by a guest professor entitled "The Relevance of Gandhi in Today's World." British-built New Delhi offers a fascinating contrast: here, the dusty alleys are replaced by broad, arrow-straight boulevards and the monuments of India's colonial history. Drive past Government Buildings and the mighty arch of India Gate, designed by Edwin Lutyens in the 1920s.
 Dinner: Dinner in hotel dining room.
Accommodations: The Suryaa New Delhi
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 4: Agra, India
(Monday, November 18)
 Breakfast: Breakfast in hotel dining room.
 Morning: Coach transfer to Agra. En route, enjoy a lecture about Indian History and also visit Sikandra (Akbar's Tomb). In 1506, Sultan Sikandar Lod moved his capital from Delhi to Agra but it was under the Mughal emperors from 1526 to 1658 that the city achieved fame and glory. Since Agra (known then as Akbarabad) was one of the most important cities in India under the Mughals, it witnessed a great deal of ambitious and splendid growth. Babar, the founder of the Mughal dynasty, laid out the first formal Persian garden on the banks of the Yamuna river and his grandson Akbar raised the towering ramparts of the Great Red Fort. Shah Jahan, known for his keen interest in architecture, gave Agra its most prized monument, the Taj Mahal.
 Lunch: Enjoy lunch at the Country Inn in Kosi.
 Afternoon: Arrive in Agra and check-in to the hotel. Join a local expert to learn about the Mughal history as you cross the Yamuna River to watch the sun set over the Taj Mahal from Mehtab Bagh.
 Dinner: Dinner in hotel dining room.
Accommodations: Trident Agra
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 5: Agra, India
(Tuesday, November 19)
 Breakfast: Breakfast in hotel dining room.
 Morning: Enjoy the breath taking views of the Taj Mahal at sunrise. Shah Jahan was the son of Jehangir, the fourth Mughal emperor of India and the grandson of Akbar the Great. In 1612 he married the Persian princess Mumtaz Mahal and on becoming Emperor in 1628 bestowed his beloved wife with the title of Mumtaz Mahal, "Jewel of the Palace." In 1631, Mumtaz Mahal died in childbirth and Shah Jahan promised her that he would never remarry and would build the richest mausoleum ever seen over her grave. He proved to be a man of his word and it took 22 years and the labor of 22,000 workers to construct the monument. When Shah Jahan died in 1666, his body was placed in a tomb next to the tomb of Mumtaz Mahal and this magnificent monument came to be known as "Taj Mahal." Later explore the Itmad-Ud-Daulah's tomb, popularly known as the "Baby Taj." Also explore the Agra Fort. Originally planned as an impregnable military structure by Akbar, the Arga Fort, over a period of time, acquired all the elegance, lavishness, and majesty of an imperial palace.
 Lunch: Observe a cooking demonstration in a private home and then enjoy the meal specially prepared for you.
 Afternoon: Enjoy some free time to relax or explore on your own.
 Dinner: Dinner in hotel dining room.
Accommodations: Trident Agra
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 6: Jaipur, India
(Wednesday, November 20)
 Breakfast: Breakfast in hotel dining room.
 Morning: Coach transfer to Jaipur. En route, visit Fatehpur Sikri, which served as the Mughal Empire's capital from 1571 until 1585. Though the court took 15 years to build, it was abandoned after only 14 years because the water supply was unable to sustain the growing population. The complex of buildings, including the royal palaces and courts, is now a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
 Lunch: Lunch in hotel dining room.
 Afternoon: Popularly known as the Pink City, Jaipur is the capital and largest city of the Indian state of Rajasthan. Founded in 1727 by Maharaja Sawai Jai Singh II, the ruler of Amber, Jaipur is a city of magnificent palaces built from rose colored stone. Visit the opulent Maharaja's City Palace, one of the most magnificent of these royal buildings. Also, explore Jantar Mantar, the Royal Observatory, and learn how the huge stone instruments were devised to study the movements of the sun, moon, and planets, and remain incredibly accurate today.
 Dinner: Dinner in hotel dining room.
Accommodations: Trident Jaipur
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 7: Fly to Mumbai, India / Embark.
(Thursday, November 21)
 Breakfast: Breakfast in hotel dining room.
 Morning: This morning, discover the 11th century Amber Fort, situated seven miles North of Jaipur and established as the original capital of Rajasthan, six centuries before the construction of Jaipur. Riding on elephants or in jeeps, approach the Fort as it rises majestically on the slope of a hill. Afterwards, enjoy a photo stop at the Hawa Mahal (Palace of the Winds).
 Lunch: Lunch at a local restaurant.
 Afternoon: After lunch, transfer to the airport for a flight to Mumbai and embark the MV Aegean Odyssey.
 Dinner: Dinner on board.
 Evening: Road Scholar orientation to the ship in the "Observation Lounge."
Accommodations: MV Aegean Odyssey
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 8: Mumbai, India
(Friday, November 22)

Note: If the Prince of Wales Museum is closed, the award-winning Dr. Bhau Daji Lad Museum will be substituted.

 Breakfast: Breakfast on board.
 Morning: Trade has always been at the heart of Mumbai and today it is at the center of India's remarkable economic renaissance. It was made the headquarters of the British East India Company in 1687 but it was the opening of the Suez Canal in 1869 that transformed the city - then known as Bombay - into one of the world's great trading centers. New York may be known as the city that never sleeps but Mumbai never even stops to take a breath: this truly is a vibrant and dynamic place. Your exploration of Mumbai will include visits to the main sights including Mani Bhavan, a museum that was once the residence of Mahatma Gandhi, the Victorian architectural monuments of the British Empire, the Prince of Wales Museum and the Gateway of India.
 Lunch: Lunch on board.
 Afternoon: Free time to relax on board or for independent exploration of Mumbai.
 Dinner: Dinner on board.
 Evening: Attend a shipboard guest lecture.
Accommodations: MV Aegean Odyssey
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 9: Marmagao, India
(Saturday, November 23)
 Breakfast: Breakfast on board.
 Morning: We sail toward the port of Marmago, from which we will discover Goa.
 Lunch: Lunch on board.
 Afternoon: Today, Goa is chiefly known for its magnificent beaches and laid-back lifestyle. It is, however, one of the most architecturally beautiful and historically interesting places in India. Old Goa was founded by the Portuguese and is enclosed by a fortified wall. It is home to magnificent churches dating back to the mid-16th century. Visit the historic villas of the Portuguese era and the Basilica of Bom Jesus to see the tomb of St. Francis Xavier. You will also experience Goa's other attractions: the wonderful tropical scenery and fragrant flower market.
 Dinner: Dinner on board.
Accommodations: MV Aegean Odyssey
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 10: At sea
(Sunday, November 24)
 Breakfast: Breakfast on board.
 Morning: At sea. A chance to relax on deck and enjoy the shipboard guest lectures.
 Lunch: Lunch on board.
 Afternoon: At sea. Take advantage of the ship's well stocked library that has a wide selection of volumes covering classical history, literature, art, architecture, and philosophy. The frequently updated collection also includes an extensive reference section as well as modern and classic novels.
 Dinner: Dinner on board.
Accommodations: MV Aegean Odyssey
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 11: Cochin, India
(Monday, November 25)
 Breakfast: Breakfast on board.
 Morning: Situated in the State of Kerala, Cochin has a remarkable history: here you will see the oldest church in India, 500-year-old Portuguese houses, a long-established Jewish community, and a 16th-century synagogue and palace from the days of the Raj. Also, it is here in 1524 that the Portuguese explorer Vasco da Gama died and his body was entombed in the chapel of Santo Antonio until it was removed to Portugal in 1538.
 Lunch: Lunch on board.
 Afternoon: Enjoy free time to discover the history of Cochin.
 Dinner: Dinner on board.
Accommodations: MV Aegean Odyssey
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 12: At sea
(Tuesday, November 26)
 Breakfast: Breakfast on board.
 Morning: At sea. Enjoy the Observation Deck if the weather is nice. Attend a talk by your Road Scholar Group Leader.
 Lunch: Lunch on board.
 Afternoon: At sea. Cool off by taking a dip in the outdoor swimming pool and take in the refreshing ocean air.
 Dinner: Dinner on board.
 Evening: Attend a shipboard guest lecture.
Accommodations: MV Aegean Odyssey
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 13: Male, Maldives / Kuda Bandos, Maldives.
(Wednesday, November 27)
 Breakfast: Breakfast on board.
 Morning: As well as being rightly famous for its tropical islands, the Maldives has one of the world's most charming - and smallest - capital cities, Male. As you stroll through its local market and narrow lanes, you will appreciate the unique flavor of life in Male.
 Lunch: Lunch on board.
 Afternoon: No visit to this atoll nation would be complete, however, without the desert-island paradise experience and so your trip also includes a cruise through the remote islands for a leisurely afternoon and a beach barbecue on uninhabited Kuda Bandos.
 Dinner: Enjoy an island barbecue at Kuda Bandos.
Accommodations: MV Aegean Odyssey
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 14: At sea
(Thursday, November 28)
 Breakfast: Breakfast on board.
 Morning: At sea. A relaxing day to enjoy the sunshine and the shipboard guest lectures as the ship makes its way to Sri Lanka.
 Lunch: Lunch on board.
 Afternoon: At sea. Enjoy the Observation Deck if the weather is nice, or dive into a good book from the ship's library.
 Dinner: Dinner on board.
Accommodations: MV Aegean Odyssey
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 15: Colombo, Sri Lanka
(Friday, November 29)
 Breakfast: Breakfast on board.
 Morning: A jewel of an island, Sri Lanka offers a unique combination of scenery, culture and history. Although Colombo is a thriving modern city, it has not lost its Old World charm, spiritual heart and historical interest. This contrast will become apparent as you see the colorful Pettah Bazaar and visit the Asokaramaya Buddhist temple. Here you will see the incredible murals: the details and colors are exquisite and the Asokaramaya is truly a worthy destination to explore.
 Lunch: Lunch on board or explore local fare on your own.
 Afternoon: Free time to explore Colombo.
 Dinner: Dinner on board.
Accommodations: MV Aegean Odyssey
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 16: Colombo, Sri Lanka
(Saturday, November 30)
 Breakfast: Breakfast on board.
 Morning: Enjoy a full day's drive through Sri Lanka's stunning hill country to the picturesque, naturally fortified town of Kandy. Here you will visit the Temple of the Tooth containing the famous dental relic of the Buddha as well as the lush Botanic Gardens.
 Lunch: Explore local fare on your own.
 Afternoon: Continue your full day excursion.
 Dinner: Dinner on board.
Accommodations: MV Aegean Odyssey
Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 17: Disembark / Departures
(Sunday, December 1)
 Breakfast: Breakfast on board.
 Morning: Disembark. Transfer to the airport for your return flight home.
Meals Included: Breakfast

Free Time Opportunities
  Cochin Paradesi Synagogue
The elaborate Paradesi Synagogue is a must-see in Cochin. It was originally built in 1568 and features interior details imported from all over the world. Be sure to take notice of the hand-painted floor tiles from China (which are all unique), chandeliers from Belgium, intricate gold pulpit, and colored glass lamps.
  Santa Cruz Basilica
Originally built in 1502, the Santa Cruz Basilica is one of the oldest churches in India. Marvel at the bold pastel interior and beautiful collection of Cochin artifacts revealing local history.
Important information about your itinerary: Every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy and completeness of the information featured on this website. Itineraries are based on our best information at this time. Circumstances beyond our control may require us to adjust itineraries or other details. We regret any inconvenience this may cause and appreciate your understanding. Information will be sent to you from your Program Provider approximately three weeks prior to the program start date. The prices listed for commercial services and facilities that are not included in the program cost, such as airport shuttles or extra nights lodging, are subject to change without notice. Since Road Scholar cannot guarantee the accuracy of these prices, we strongly suggest contacting the companies directly for the most up-to-date information.

Suggested Reading List

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Behind the Beautiful Forevers

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Birds of India

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City of Djinns: A Year in Delhi

Author: William Dalrymple

Description: Dalrymple infectiously interweaves his own experiences over a year in Delhi with the art, architecture, history and literature of the city.

Delhi, Jaipur, Agra Map

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Description: Covering Northern India and the neighboring Himalayas, this double-sided map also features detailed city plans, site diagrams and an index.

Eyewitness Guide Delhi, Agra and Jaipur

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Description: With chapters on Taj Mahal, Amber Fort Palace, Keoladeo Ghana National Park, Red Fort and dozens of other highlights for the traveler, this compact, gorgeously illustrated guide to Delhi and its environs features 900 color photographs, maps and site plans.

In Spite of the Gods, The Strange Rise of Modern India

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India, A Sacred Geography

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Description: Professor of comparative religion and Indian studies at Harvard, Diana Eck turns her interest in temples and places of pilgrimage into a celebration of the diversity of popular religious traditions in India in this richly rewarding travelogue.

India, A Traveler's Literary Companion

Author: Chandrahas Choudhury (Editor)

Description: Each of these 14 stories evokes place and landscape, providing an excellent introduction both to contemporary writers and to India's diverse cultures and history.

India, In Word and Image

Author: Eric Meola (Photographer)

Description: Meola deftly pairs colorful photographs of people, traditions, art and architecture with choice quotations by Salman Rushdie, R. K. Narayan, Jhumpa Lahiri and others in this dazzling visual celebration of the culture and pagaentry of India.

Indian Subcontinent Map

Author: Nelles

Description: A map of all of India as well as Afghanistan, Pakistan, Nepal, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, and parts of Tibet, China and Burma, at a scale of 1:4,500,000.

Mughal India, Splendours of the Peacock Throne

Author: Valerie Berinstain, Paul Bahn (Translator)

Description: This illustrated pocket guide presents the history, culture and splendor of the Mughal court and its celebrated architecture in hundreds of archival photographs and drawings.

Running in the Family

Author: Michael Ondaatje

Description: Award-winning author Ondaatje returns to his native Sri Lanka in this hypnotic travelogue. His lovingly traced family memoirs are interspersed with poetry and ruminations on the island's post-colonial history.

Sri Lankan Wildlife

Author: Gehan de Silva Wijeyeratne

Description: A concise, illustrated field guide to the plants, animals and habitats of Sri Lanka in the popular British series.

Taj Mahal

Author: Giles Tillotson, Mary Beard (Editor)

Description: An enlightening pocket guide to the myth, meaning and legends of the celebrated tomb, "the queen of architecture."

The Artist of Disappearance

Author: Anita Desai

Description: In just three sharply drawn, interconnected stories Desai evokes a whole world, showing the contrast between old and new, urban and rural in contemporary India.

The Moor's Last Sigh

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Description: A sweeping family epic that tackles many of the most complex aspects about Indian culture. In his characteristically rich prose, Rushdie tells the history of India, set among the spice traders of Cochin.

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